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March 22, 2018
We value (A)dventist education, (C)oaching leaders,
(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

I Had a Dream About You

by Craig Carr, Washington Conference vice president for administration

It can be stressful to dream about work-related topics. However, I had a dream about an answered prayer that had yet to happen. Here's the back story:

We are very grateful to God that He blessed the Washington Conference with a nearly 5% tithe gain from 2016 to 2017. This is a testimony to the individual and collective faithfulness of people all across western Washington. Praise God!

Doug Bing, conference president, invited Jerry Russell and me to join him in praying specifically for a 5% increase. This is an amount equal to about one million dollars and is a bold prayer that Doug had been praying for all year long.

By January 19, 2018, all of the known reports had been gathered from across the conference, which revealed that we had garnered a 4.97% increase for 2017. “So what is God telling us?” Jerry asked, noting the different of only 0.03%, which is equal to about $6,000.
And then I had a dream that weekend...
:: THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON
Washington Conference hosted a regularly scheduled session of Executive Committee this week. Continue reading for highlights of ministry reports!
FROM CRAIG CARR

Membership Statistics


Just like God counts the number of starts and calls them by name, He counts us and calls us by name, too (Psalm 147:4).

A few Washington Conference membership statistics from 2017:
  • 23,534 members
  • 611 baptisms and professions of faith
  • 211 deaths of members (the highest level of loss in the last 10 years)
  • 1.93% yearly percent of growth
  • 42.8% of members attend church on a regular basis
  • 22 churches had 12+ baptisms
  • 29 churches had 0 baptisms
Read Through the Membership Report

Hope Boarding House


Members from Tacoma area churches are rallying together to renovate a donated former dental office in Tacoma into a ministry boarding house. Volunteers and local contractors are giving their time, effort, and skill to transform the building into a living space for Christian men to reside in as they transition back into society. Project coordinators hope to have the facility ready in June and the housing program ready soon after.

Interested in helping? Email Nelson Miles!
See a Flipbook of Hope House Photos!
FROM JERRY RUSSELL

Financial Indicators


One of the financial indicators we track each year is a monthly year-to-date tithe comparison. Based on past history of giving patterns, we know approximately how much to expect each month. This helps our financial team to set better budgets and effectively manage tithe and offering monies. Some months soar past expectations and other months struggle for a variety of reasons. December is always a "big" month for year-end gifts.

We praise God for a 4.97% official tithe gain in 2017 (after the financial books closed for 2017, we learned about two sets of additional monies that unofficially brought our tithe gain to 5.35%).

Thank you for partnering with God in all aspects of your life. We love hearing stories about how God is blessing you above and beyond your expectations!
Share Your Story of God's Blessings

End of an Offering


The last ever Conference Ministries Offering was collected in December 2017. This offering had benefited Education, Evangelism, and Sunset Lake Camp. In 2017, you collectively gave $237,264.

Our Lay Advisory (with representatives from your church) requested that this offering become the Washington Youth Offering to help the broad range of ministries benefiting children, youth, and young adults. In your new tithe envelope, you will now see an entry for Washington Youth Offering. The initial support of this offering in January was higher than we expected, and we thank you for your generous offering gifts!
Have a Church Financial Question? Ask Jerry!

Adventist Giving App Just Released


The North American Division just released the Adventist Giving App in response to requests for mobile ways to give. The app allows you to give tithe and offering to your local church. It is available for both Apple and Android devices. Search the iTunes or Play Store for "Adventist Giving" or click the links below to download.
See the Adventist Giving App - iOS Link
See the Adventist Giving App - Android Link

A unique, one-time opportunity to see an Adventist Health Documentary!


Looking for a different way to improve your health? Eating You Alive is a feature length documentary coming Thursday, April 5, at 7 pm, that explores the different and simple changes in your diet that can help you regain control of your health.

This documentary will be featured in 14 Washington locations including Auburn, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Bellingham, Federal Way, Kennewick, Lacey, Lynwood, Olympia, Poulsbo, Redmond, Seattle, Spokane, and Tukwila!

Plus, cinema audiences will be provided with a step-by-step tutorial on how to integrate this lifestyle into your daily routine. Invite a friend and learn together!

Get Your Tickets Now!
Watch a Video Trailer!

Reserve Your Tent or RV Space!


It is so much fun to see the camp meeting reservations coming in! You are excited and getting ready for camp meeting! There are plenty of conference tent sites and RV sites (for partial hook-up or dry sites) available. Witzel Hall dorm has a wait list and the full hook-up RV sites also have a wait list.

Plan to join us in Auburn from Friday, June 15, through Sabbath, June 23, for a family-friendly week of spiritual growth and Christian community!
 
Reserve Your Camp Meeting Lodging Now!

Last Call for Volunteers!

VegFest Seattle: April 7 & 8
VegFest, an annual vegetarian food festival in Seattle, is seeking volunteers to be involved in all aspects of the festival. Families may volunteer; some volunteer roles require ages 15-18 or older.

Explore all the volunteer information at www.vegofwa.org!

AMEN Everett: April 20 & 22
AMEN Clinic is seeking Dental, Vision and Medical practitioners as well as general volunteers for a free clinic coming to the Xfinity Conference Center in Everett!

Sign up today at ameneverett.org to volunteer! This is an opportunity you will not want to miss! Any questions? Email everettvolunteers@gmail.com

Volunteer for AMEN Everett!
Volunteer for VegFest!

ASI Northwest Convention:
LOVE HEALS


You are invited to be a part of this special event on April 20-21! You don't have to be an ASI member to participate!

Dick Duerksen will open the ASI Northwest Convention with presentations on Friday night at the A ngel of the Winds Convention Center/Arena (formerly Xfinity). The Friday evening program will be filled with singing and stories. Duerksen will continue his storytelling on Saturday evening.Additional presenters include Dr. John McVay (Sabbath School time) and Doug Bing (Church time). Fountainview Academy will also provide music features.

The full ASI member’s program runs April 19-22. Visit asinorthwest.org or contact Marella Rudebaugh at (360) 857-7037 to attend and participate.

Join in with serving at the AMEN Everett Free Clinic. Whether you’re a healthcare worker, dental or vision professional, or a general volunteer, please plan on joining us to help serve the expected 600-800 patients. This is a great opportunity to relieve pain and restore quality of life! What a blessing it will be to serve them AND work side by side with you!
Learn More at AmenEverett.org

Connecting with You


We look forward to connecting with you at one (or more) of the following events:

March 24 | Participating in Safety Sabbath? Let us know how it turns out!
April 13-15 | Urban Ministries Conference in Kenmore
April 19-22 | ASI Northwest Convention in Everett
April 20 & 22 | AMEN Clinic in Everett
April 21 | SAGE Reunion Day in Federal Way
April 21 | Michael Card Concert in Chehalis
April 28 | Women's Spring Day in Auburun
April 29 | Pathfinder Fair in Auburn
May 4-5 | AAA Alumni Weekend in Auburn
May 4-6 | Refresh Family Retreat at Sunset Lake Camp

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Copyright © 2018 Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, All rights reserved.
President: Doug Bing. VP Administration: Craig Carr.
VP Finance: Jerry Russell. VP Education: Craig Mattson.
Managing Editor: Heidi Baumgartner



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